SCM Globe comes with a library of case studies that explore COMMERCIAL, HUMANITARIAN, and MILITARY supply chains (see below).
The case studies range from relatively simple cases like Cincinnati Seasonings, to quite challenging cases such as Zara Clothing Company, or Syria Evacuation Scenario. Case studies are laboratories where you apply what you learn in lectures and readings to solve supply chain problems in highly realistic simulations. Each case has a "CASE STUDY CONCEPT" showing the supply chain principles and practices highlighted in that case.
The case studies presently available in the SCM Globe library are shown below. You are welcome to use any or all of them as you wish (you can also create your own case studies or we can create them for you). They are listed in the three categories. As you work with these cases you will gain an intuitive understanding of supply chain dynamics and develop the analytical skills for designing and managing real supply chains.
We recommend people new to SCM Globe start with the Cincinnati Seasonings case study. Work individually at first, not in groups. Do the three challenges shown in the online introduction to Cincinnati Seasonings. That's how you'll learn to use the software, and how to use simulations to analyze and design supply chains. Then you will be ready to work in groups or work on more advanced cases. Click on the case studies below to see a description and introduction to each case.
Commercial Supply Chain Case Studies
Humanitarian Supply Chain Case Studies
Military Supply Chain Case Studies
NOTE: the Syria Evacuation Scenario involves both a civilian humanitarian supply chain and a military supply chain. The humanitarian supply chain is to support the refugees, and the military supply chain supports the military organizations that provide protection for the humanitarian mission.
Interactive Supply Chain Case Studies
Every case study has a main theme or concept that it illustrates. You will be challenged to use knowledge acquired in lectures and readings as well as your own real-world experience to expand and re-design the supply chains in these case studies.
In the commercial supply chain cases you need to improve and expand the supply chains to support new stores and still keep operating costs and inventory as low as possible. In cases that deal with humanitarian or military missions you need to create supply chains to deliver the right supplies to the right locations when they are needed, and do so at a reasonable cost.
(screenshot from case study: S&J Trading Company – Angola)
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The best case to start with is Cincinnati Seasonings. After working through the three challenges presented in the online introduction to this case you will be ready to handle further challenges in this case or move on to more advanced cases. Get a quick introduction to working with case studies in “Working with Case Studies“.
(screenshots from case study: Cincinnati Seasonings, click for larger image)
As problems are found in the simulations, you make decisions about how to fix them. Make changes to your supply chain model in the Edit screen. Then go to the Simulate screen and run a simulation to see the results of your changes. Depending on the changes you make, your supply chain simulation runs for additional days and other problems arise. As you address these problems you see about how supply chains work. Apply what you learn in readings and and lectures plus your work experience to solve the problems you encounter.
Keep improving your supply chain model until you get the simulation to run for 30+ days. Then download your simulation results and create a monthly Profit & Loss Report plus KPIs (as shown below). This provides an objective basis for evaluating the merits of different supply chain solutions.
The monthly Profit & Loss Reports identify areas for improvement and help you refine your supply chain model to keep it running for 30 days and also lower your operating costs and inventory levels. That is the challenge you address in SCM Globe, and it is the same challenge you face in real supply chains. What works well in the simulations will also work well in actual supply chains. So skills you develop here are directly transferable to the real world.
NOTE: You can run simulations for longer than 30 – 60 days, but there is usually no reason to do so. This is because most companies do not run their supply chains unchanged for longer than 30 days at a time. They use a 30 day S&OP (sales and operations planning) cycle and these simulations correspond to that monthly S&OP cycle. These simulations focus on the tactical realities of operating a supply chain from one month to the next, and finding what works best.
Accessing the Case Study Library
As shown in the screenshots below, logon to your account and access the case study library from your Account Management screen. Click on the “View Library” button (arrow 1) in upper right corner of the Account Management screen. In the Library screen you see a list of available supply chain case studies; click “Import” to load a selected case study into your account; give the imported case a Name, and click “My Account” to go back to your Account Management screen.
You are welcome to import any or as many of the supply chain models in the library as you wish. Once you have a copy of a supply chain model in your own account you can make any changes you want to it.
In Account Management, you “Create a New Supply Chain” or work with an existing supply chain by clicking the “Edit” button (arrow 2) next to the existing supply chain you want to work on. You can also upload copies of supply chain models sent to you by other SCM Globe users (arrow 3), and check your account expiration date (arrow 4).
Use Default Values or Research Current Data for Case Studies
When you load any of the case study supply chain models from the SCM Globe library, they come with default numbers already plugged in. You can either accept the defaults or do some research to find more accurate and current data. This data (like data and prices everywhere) changes all the time.
Look for data on products, facilities and vehicles that are used in your supply chain and see what their specifications and costs are. Costs can vary widely in different parts of the world (a useful website for commercial real-estate prices in North America is www.cityfeet.com). Exact numbers are often hard to find, so make your best estimates and cite the sources of your information.
Metric System of Weights and Measures
In the case studies all weights, volumes, distances and speeds are expressed using the metric system. The metric system is used around the world in every country except three: Liberia; Myanmar; and the United States. So it is good for supply chain professionals to feel comfortable with the metric system.